Growing up with a sensitivity to wheat had its challenges. I didn’t often find the comfort in toast and jam for breakfast unless I prepared myself for tummy rumbles and a midday nap.
It was normal in my family to eat a breakfast of shredded wheat with orange juice (yes, I am aware of how odd that sounds but we were desperate) since my brother and I also had a dairy sensitivity.
It was a time before dairy free milks and gluten free bread were on store shelves and believe me when I tell you it was nothing to write home about. So flash forward to today when there are likely more people in this world with gluten sensitivities than not and we welcome the alternatives! But, as a holistic nutritionist, I now am hyperaware of the effect that sugar laden jam has on a person’s body and just cannot find a win. That is until I went to school and met a lovely Southern girl named Demi-Lee who had a big love for Turmeric!
Demi-lee of Wildly Nourished introduced me to a spreadable delight called Turmeric Butter. Now turmeric is a beautiful bright yellow-orange colored root that looks very similar to ginger. It contains a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound called Curcumin. Consumed daily, turmeric has the powerful ability to reduce inflammation in our bodies (what is now called “the silent killer”) and is praised for the ability to reduce gas and bloating, prevent cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s, reduce symptoms of depression, control skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, reduce symptoms of arthritis, and the list goes on. And on. And on…seriously this stuff is magical!
Turmeric Butter is creamy, delicious and perfectly spreadable. I make a jar of this weekly and spread it on gluten free bread, crackers, or even a sliced granny smith apple if I’m craving something sweet and crunchy.
So why, you are likely wondering, should I swap out my normal PB&J for toast and turmeric butter?
Well, besides the fact that sugar (jam is basically 90% sugar) is majorly inflammatory jams and jellies, when consumed, spike our blood sugar and result in a major energy crash, mood swing, or craving for more about an hour later.
Just like sitting is considered the new smoking, I believe sugar could be the new cholesterol. It does our bodies no favors. So why not swap it out for something that is good for us! I hope you take a few minutes to whip this up and incorporate into your daily routine – every cell in your brain and body will thank you!
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